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England coach Graham Rowntree expects intense France clash

Forwards coach Graham Rowntree insists England will not allow their standards to drop in Saturday's friendly with France.

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England coach Graham Rowntree expects intense France clash play

England coach Graham Rowntree expects intense France clash

(Omni Sports)

Graham Rowntree expects England's Rugby World Cup warm-up against France at Twickenham to have the same intensity as a Six Nations match.

The two northern hemisphere rivals go head-to-head on Saturday in England's first practice match ahead of next month's World Cup, where they could meet in the semi-finals.

Places are up for grabs within the England setup ahead of the match, with Stuart Lancaster's squad still needing to be trimmed down to the final 31.

As a result, Rowntree envisages a full blown international Test, in what will be the 100th meeting between the two nations.

"We want to win the game. It's France at Twickenham," the forwards coach said. "We want to see all of the stuff we've been doing come together, so it's a bit opportunity for the guys.

"We are looking at different combinations though, as you've seen " there are a lot of things up in the air for people."

One player Rowntree is particularly looking forward to seeing in action is Number 8 Ben Morgan, the forward having finally recovered from his broken leg.

He added: "He looks like he"s ready for a game, I know that. That's what I've seen over the last couple of days.

"He's had a long lay-off and it's not been the easiest thing for him because it was a nasty injury, but he's trained well.

"I can't wait to see him with the ball in his hand at the weekend. He's ready. He's got a great attitude around the group and we're all excited to see him play."

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